We should have seen the Titanic coming
Seriously. If someone had read a book in the century before building and sending the Titanic into the iceberg-laden Atlantic Ocean, all those lives might have been saved.
Exhibit A: An 1898 novella, written by Morgan Robertson, called Futility, later renamed The Wreck of the Titan, about a fictional luxury ship that was deemed “unsinkable,” until it hit an iceberg off of the coast of Newfoundland and sunk. According to the author, it wasn’t a premonition, just a story that he wrote. But it doesn’t end there.
Exhibit B: While the Titanic was steaming towards its fate, a short story was published in Popular Mechanics magazine, written by Thornton Jenkins Hains, which was about an 800-foot luxury liner that collided with an iceberg, while travelling at 22.5 knots. Casualties were steep as there weren’t enough lifeboats. When the story of the Titanic broke, the details were eerily similar: 882 foot liner, travelling at 22.5 knots, with a colossal loss of life.
But that’s still not it. There was also a story written by British journalist WT Stead, titled The Sinking of a Modern Liner, about a ship travelling from Liverpool to NYC, and sinking due with a colossal loss of life due to insufficient lifeboats.
And guess who happened to be on the Titanic when it sank. WT Stead.